I believe that we are deeply connected with the Earth, but we have pushed this out through civilization and social constructs. Religion is much too broad to simply be “the biggest factor.” Before one could adequately answer that question, one would have to spend hours defining what religion is to oneself. I think education is a very significant tool that we can use to fight climate change. Since Environmental Science has been recognized as a science and taught in schools, more people have become aware that there is a problem. Without education, most people probably would not know that the environment is in danger, and those who know would not understand the implications (e.g. that humans are causing it and that we must take action to stop the degradation). Thus, education is definitely key when it comes to combating environmental degradation, but there are other factors that need to be considered as well. For example, in class we talked about how people who are simply trying to put shoes on their feet probably would not necessarily care if the environment is in danger.
I believe that not only do we turn our connection to the Earth off, but some people have been conditioned to forget it entirely. Others find ways to stay in touch with it through meditation, religion, etc. It is very easy to forget our deep roots because we alienate ourselves so much from the rest of the world. As Leopold suggests, perhaps we should live as plain citizens of nature rather than its conquerors. Then maybe we will rediscover that ancient connectedness to the Earth that will never fully disappear.